By: Kelly Shearer
Today I am here to talk about the process of reading music notes. The first thing you must do is be able to recognize the different placements of notes. This is a standard five line music staff in which the notes will be placed on so that a musician can read and play at the same time. Each line on the staff represents a different note. This is a Treble Clef (Show prop). For a staff with a Treble Clef on the far left side, from bottom to top, the notes are E, G, B, D, and F. This can be remembered by the rhyme “Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge.” Similarly, each space on the staff also represents a note. From bottom to top the notes are F, A, C, and E. This can be remembered by the word “Face.” As you look at the notes, you can see a pattern of E, F, G, A, B, C, D, E and F.
When you see a Base Clef on the far left of the music staff the note placement is not the same as with a Treble Clef. The lines from bottom to top represent the notes G, B, D, F, and A. This can be remembered by the rhyme “ Good Boys Deserve Fudge Always.” The spaces on the staff can be represented by the notes A, C, E, and G, from bottom to top. An easy way to remember this is by the rhyme “All Cows Eat Grass.” Once again there is a pattern that follows G, A, B, C, D, E, F, G, and A.
The next step in learning to read music is identifying the different types of notes. A whole note looks like an open egg. A half note is the same as the whole note with a vertical line attached to it. A quarter note is same as a half note except the circle is filled in. An eighth note is the same as a quarter note but with a curly off the line. A sixteenth note is the same as the eighth note, but has double curlies. Both eighth and sixteenth notes can be grouped in 2, 3, or 4.
Next, you must learn how to read time signatures. Time signatures let you know how many beats there are per measure. A measure defined as being the space in...